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  • A container ship is docked at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., in this aerial photo taken Feb. 6, 2015.

    Congestion at 29 ports following a months-long labor dispute has reached "epic proportions," the Port of Long Beach CEO tells CNBC.

  • A Wal-Mart employee pushes grocery carts at a store in Miami.

    Wal-Mart and Aetna's decision to raise pay shows businesses are responsive to the labor market, Business Roundtable president John Engler tells CNBC.

  • The great US trade debate

    The White House is working on a trade agreement, but many fear a new bill tackling currency manipulation by trading partners could hurt expansion talks. Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place, and Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing, provide perspective.

  • A worker walks through the assembly area at the East Japan Railway's Shinkansen General Rolling Stock Center in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    Japan's January exports rose 17.0 percent on-year, beating expectations, suggesting a weaker yen may be boosting demand for the country's products.

  • Japan isn't out of the woods yet: Expert

    While Japan Inc looks attractive, the country's economy remains a problem that needs to be solved by Prime Minister Abe, says Richard Martin, managing director at IMA Asia.

  • A shipping container is moved at the Port of Oakland.

    U.S. import prices recorded their biggest drop in six years in January, a sign that domestic inflation pressures could remain muted for a while.

  • Port shutdown's likely losers

    CNBC.com Investing Editor John Melloy breaks down which stocks would likely bear the brunt of a looming port shutdown in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

  • Tracking US-China trade disputes

    Despite the U.S. launching a legal challenge to Chinese export subsidies on Wednesday, Donna Kwok, senior china economist at UBS, says trade issues aren't a key risk for China at the moment.

  • Why Motley Fool isn't worried about China

    David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, isn't worried about weak trade data over the weekend because China remains focused on reforms, which need time to take effect.

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman

    As the man pursuing a massive Pacific trade deal for the president, Michael Froman faces a few challenges and just a few months to get it done.

  • Shipping containers at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif.

    The U.S. trade deficit jumped 17.1 percent in December to $46.6 billion, the highest since late 2012.

  • The Port of Los Angeles

    Shipping officials have threatened to stop paying dockworkers if a contract deal is not reached soon.

  • Lamy: 'TTIP is a long haul negotiation'

    Pascal Lamy, former director-general at the World Trade organization from September 2006-August 2013, discuss the challenges for the world's biggest-ever free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  • Orin Hatch

    The Obama administration must insist that U.S. trading partners pledge not to manipulate currencies when negotiating trade deals, the Senate Committee on Finance chairman said on Friday.

  • A Maersk Line container ship is unloaded and refueled at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif.

    Everyone agrees that the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports slowdown is bad, but it's hard to tell who's to blame.

  • Don't worry about Japan's household spending

    Lower oil prices are a tax cut for Japan so it will only be a matter of time before the benefits show up in Japan's economic data, says Joe Zidle, Portfolio Strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors.

  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they arrive to a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on January 7, 2015 in Beijing, China.

    China is moving into the United States' backyard——but it's not clear if its Latin America investments are a negative for American interests.

  • 'Japan is in a good place': Expert

    With a weak yen boosting exports, along with cheaper oil that is equivalent to a tax cut for Japan, the country is in a good place this year, says Mark Hibbs, Partner & CIO at Adamas Asset Management.

  • Euro

    Forces will push the euro to parity with the dollar as the euro zone looks to break through a period of sluggish growth, an analyst said.

  • Estimating QE's impact in Europe

    Khiem Do, Head of Asian Multi-Asset at Baring Asset Management, discusses the effectiveness of quantitative easing in Europe and what the massive stimulus package means for Asia.